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Essential Test-Driving tips

The test drive is one of the most important parts of buying a new car. Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your next test drive:

1. Don’t rush

Make sure you leave enough time to do a proper test drive – it often takes longer than you anticipate. If you have to rush back to work or another engagement, you will not get the full benefit a test drive has to offer.

2. Avoid distractions

Lots of things can distract you when taking a test drive but two of the most common are children and your phone. It is usually best to leave the children with a babysitter so you don’t have to worry about looking after them or keeping them entertained. Also, if you are the type of person who is always busy on your phone, consider putting it on silent.

3. Check everything

A test drive is not just about being behind the wheel of the car – it is also about whether you can live with it. This means you should try out child car seats, see if your golf clubs fit, or anything else you will use the car for.

4. Vary the route

Try to go on a route during your test drive that takes you to a variety of different roads. This includes roads where you can get the speed up, slower roads, and in traffic. Cars respond differently in all these situations so it is good to get as much experience of the car you are thinking of buying as possible.

5. Don’t just drive

When you test drive a car, a lot of your focus will be on the road. You should, therefore, spend time being a passenger. Ideally, this would mean bringing someone with you and letting them drive for part of the journey so you can concentrate fully on what it is like being in the car.

If you are buying a used car, the test drive will help you learn more about the quality and whether there are potential issues. For new cars, the test drive is all about finding out whether you will enjoy using the car, making sure it is practical, and ensuring you are comfortable driving it. If you’re thinking about selling a car in UAE ready for a new purchase, get started at Simply Car Buyers today.